Demetrious Johnson says Ronda Rousey should 'grow up'

Lynette Rowe
May 18, 2017

Rousey has been criticised by several champions for the way she reacted to her first losses, including Demetrious Johnson.

Sports Illustrated conducted a thorough interview with Johnson about his title reign, his quest to set the record for consecutive title defenses, and what the future holds for him.

The former women's bantamweight champion has largely refused to speak publicly and it is uncertain whether she will even return to the sport. "Their whole world is upside down, 'Oh, my God, what am I going to do?'"

You look at Ronda Rousey. "You got your a** beat, grow the f**k up". It happens. It's mixed martial arts. Because at the end of the day, people want to see me in good shape during the fight, not on the cover of magazines, not at the commercials.

"It (Anderson Silva's record) doesn't mean everything, because I could lose ... In the conversation that I had with her, if I had to say right here right now, and again I don't like saying right here, right now because it's up to her and it's her thing but I wouldn't say she fights again". It's part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two f**king fights in a row, and you made more f**king money than the women's roster. "You'll be fine. Don't worry about it". "Nothing changed. Nobody said, 'You f*****g suck, blah, blah, blah.' When I started to win, nothing still changed". It's like a scrapbook, a tally of all my accomplishments and I'm proud of them. Never missed a fight.

'I'm much more proud of my nine stitch scar across my knuckle from bursting a ganglion on someones head than I would be of perfectly flawless acrylic nails'. That should not change.

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In what appears to be some type of Reebok #BeMoreHuman social media campaign, Rousey released a new video on Instagram Tuesday talking about why she is proud of her tattered hands. When she finally loses, she's down here.

"I came here to be champ, but I'm still early in my career".

"I was like, It's part of life, you're going to f*****g lose, I'm over it", Johnson added.

You might want to pardon Demetrious if he sounds salty. I'm not bitching and complaining.

"I cried and I cried (when I lost to Brad Pickett)", Johnson said. But he's no longer willing to accept being paid "f--ing $400,000" when he knows he deserves $1 million. She disappeared nearly entirely off the radar for more than a year, but finally made her comeback against current champ Nunes at UFC 207 this past December. But those guys aren't fighting as often as I do.

DJ: I got five. "If I'm fighting 10 years from now, I didn't make enough money in the UFC", he said.

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